Interview: Photographer Albert Finch (Poland)
Can you tell us a little about you? I was born in 1980 in Poland. In an almost typical family, but with some art books on shelfs. So far whole life lived here in different cities. Traveled a little bit around Europe and of course made a lot of pictures. Now also i do some photography workshops for beginners in sensual photography.
How and when did you get into photography? Photography was somewhere around in my life from early years. Although i make “my type” of pictures for about 12 years now. I was on jurnalism studies, so i had to have camera and make street / event photography. One day just did some pictures of my girlfriend and it started. I felt that i like to work with people in a different way that journalist photographer does. What does photography mean to you? My father was a scuptor and composer. We had at home some art books with photography also. So i grew up with a feeling that it is very natural to create something. Something which is not supposed to be useful directly but just to experience the very special act of creation. Photography is my journey through creation with other people
Please briefly describe your photography style for our readers. I do mostly something which is called sensual photography, but those are just portraits of women. I do a lot of nudity. There are of course exemptions of that rule. I did few stories with pairs and men alone.
Funny thing is that my first exhibition was in chirch with pictures of kids dressed in retro outfits sitting in old automobiles.
Where do you get inspiration from? I get inspired by people. People’s stories and emotions. Subtle body reactions to real stories. How people look when they go remembered something pleasurable or sad. When they are missing something or craving something. So i like movies and books showing that. Do you think in advance what you want in the picture? Mostly yes. I observe my model and then i find a small story for her or him or them.
Studio, on location or both? Locations are more inspiring usually. Places have mood and natural light which i like to use. But it happened to make some sessions in studio and pictures are fine too.
Would you consider yourself a hobbyist or a paid professional? I don’t consider myself a professional or a hobbyist. I would say i am a photography enthusiast.
What has been your most memorable session and why? When i fall in love with a model.
Nikon or Canon? Favorite lens? I make pictures on film. So my cameras are analogue like Pentax 67 with 105mm lens, which is equivalent to 50mm in small frame cameras. But as a light-meter i use Nikon camera.
What is one piece of advice you would like to offer a new photographer looking to start their own business? Never stop. Keep searching for beauty and when you find it keep sharing the beauty. World needs that. What do you think of our new magazine? I have seen it for few years. You never stop. I like that. I see you promote many talented people, that is very nice to see how you support photography.